A view of the bridge of Chalkida

A city by the sea, a unique tidal phenomenon, fabulous seafood and the gateway to Evia, Greece’s second largest island!

Chalkida sits on the long narrow island of Evia, one of the largest islands in Greece, but you don’t have to take a boat to get there. Instead there are two bridges. The magnificent new suspension bridge is highly impressive but the real magic, the ‘crazy waters’ of the gulf of Evia, is best seen from the old bridge beyond it. It may seem like a really small tide for those used to the Atlantic but its behaviour is seen nowhere else on this planet.

Every six hours it changes direction, for reasons that science is still unable to fully explain. Hundreds of visitors come almost daily from Athens, though probably not only to see this bizarre natural phenomenon. More likely, they are drawn by the warm atmosphere, the cafes and bars, walks by the shore and the delicious seafood. Chalkida is a nearby escape for Athenians and it can be yours, too.

What to do in Chalkida

Mystery tide, crazy water
Below the old bridge linking Chalkida with the mainland you’ll witness  something that happens nowhere else in the world. Every six hours the currents swell up, and then change direction. This weird behaviour is somehow due to the moon’s gravitational pull and the difference in sea level between the north and south parts of the gulf of Evia but the details remain a little murky.

South of the old bridge, the new bridge (1993) is a marvel of modern technology: a cable suspension bridge, 694.5m long, of which 215m are at a height of 35.5m. Impressive though it may be, the old bridge still retains its charm as a signature landmark of Chalkida, leading straight to the heart of the town’s social life.

She sells seafood by the seashore
Chalkida’s lively seaside invites you to walk amongst fishermen, wandering artists and itinerant sellers and then sit down for a coffee or a drink amid groups of happy friends. The waterfront is lined with tavernas, each with its own trademark style. Choose the one that attracts you and dig into delicious freshly-caught seafood. At night the city’s lights illuminate the sea while you have a cocktail at one of the pleasant music-bars along the shore.

Karababa’s Castle with a sea view
Time to pay a visit to the one remaining castle of the two that used to guard Chalkida until the 19th century. The castle of Kanithos, or Karababa if you prefer, tops the green hill of Fourka and  is one of the most impressive attractions in the area. It was completed in 1684 and proved vital in preventing  Francisco Morosini from conquering Chalkida during the Turko-Venetian war raging at the time. Nowadays, it no longer protects the city but it still has the best view of the gulf and the mainland opposite.

Dirfis, in Evia
A magical place, just 1½ hours from Athens. The most impressive towns are Steni Dirfis and Stropones. Enjoy rare natural beauty, gushing water, a mouth-watering choice of food and a wealth of outdoor activities

Images of Chalkida

Hidden gems of Chalkida

The Archaeological Museum of Chalkida
You’ll be greeted by a headless Hermaic stele found at the Venetian fort. In the forecourt you’ll find column capitals, funerary steles and larger-than-life statues from the Roman era.

Historic buildings
Among the beautiful old buildings you’ll find in Chalkida are the Red House, built in 1884; the House of Statues, constructed by the Euboean Studies Company in 1891; the Town Hall, a mixture of baroque and Italian eclecticism; the Kriezoti mansion and the Karakostas manor.

The mosques
In the capital of Evia, you will uncover a history that will surprise you. Of the eleven mosques that used to be dotted around the city only the one on Kotsou Street remains, its minaret removed. The Emir Zade mosque was built in the first years following the Turkish conquest. An engraved inscription in Arabic can be seen at the entrance and inside there’s a fine  collection of Byzantine mosaics and ceramics.

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Negroponte Resort Eretria

Negroponte Resort Eretria
Negroponte Resort Eretria is named after the ancient city of Chalkida, which was called ‘Negroponte’ in the Venetian era. The coastal resort on the island of Evia, surrounded by pine trees, is in perfect harmony with its blissful natural environment. It extends over 11,000 m2 in an idyllic landscape near Eretria.
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19th km National Road Chalkida - Aliveri, Island of Evia, 34008, Eretria, EVIA
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Lucy Hotel

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Located right by the sea, the 4-star Lucy Hotel offers panoramic views over Evoikos Bay, the imposing Venetian castle and the old sliding bridge of Halkida. Free WiFi is available in all areas. All elegant rooms at Lucy Hotel feature a 32'' LCD TV with cable and satellite channels.
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10 Voudouri Ave., Chalikda, 34100, Chalkida, EVIA
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